The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Read by David Barnes

(4.6 stars; 1161 reviews)

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a novella by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886. London lawyer Utterson is driven to investigate Edward Hyde, the unlikely protégé of his friend Dr Henry Jekyll, suspecting the relationship to be founded on blackmail. The truth is worse than he could have imagined. Jekyll’s ‘full statement of the case’, the final chapter of the book, explores the idea of dual personality that led him to his experiments, and his inexorable and finally fatal descent into evil.
(Summary by David Barnes) (3 hr 8 min)


Chapter 1 to 3 43:03 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 4 to 7 38:51 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 8 to 9 52:33 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 10 53:58 Read by David Barnes


A perfect reading.

(5 stars)

The reader’s enunciation and pacing are perfect. I wept during the last chapter. What a masterpiece is this! Who among us does not understand this duality? Stevenson’s masterpiece is cheapened by familiarity, and pop diminution; that’s what our society does to everything. Thank you, sir, for this perfect reading. You restore a brilliant work.

Great story & Wonderful Reader!

(5 stars)

I wish it hadn't taken me so long to discover this site! But I am certainly elated at having done so!! That said, nearly every Reader has done their duty by the authors whose works they are Reading for us, I am not sure if I could listen to the same books and short stories Read by another person. This particular recording of Stevenson's 'Jekyll & Hyde' tale is a great example. The Reader, David Barnes, has ownership of a fantastic skill - his tone, especially - fits this tale like a glove. The story itself, is sadder than I had thought it would be. Just let me assure you that this is one of the greatest books in history, written by one of the greatest authors (he and Stephen King have been my two favorites since I was 11 🤓). Add to that a wonderful Reader like David Barnes..this book is totally worth your time. You will know why this story keeps returning to us in film and television, in the past and certainly will continue to do in the future. Thank you to Librivox and thank you thank you to Mr. Barnes!

An old classic made new!

(5 stars)

I enjoyed experiencing the classic tale of the lost Dr. Henry Jekyll with new excitement through the performance of Mr. Clarke. Each character is brought to life and, thus, I felt all the same thrills I remember upon reading the story for the first time many years ago. It really was a wonderful way to spend some free time!


(5 stars)

Ditto the other reviewers. David Barnes is a great reader. It's funny, though, listening to the first two sections and knowing the "secret". I tried to imagine how the original readers would have thought and reacted, but I just couldn't do it. First three sections are all the mystery; the last section/chapter gives the explanation.

A True Classic with an Excellent Reader

(5 stars)

Having read this story before, I wasn't surprised by Stevenson's masterful writing that grips your heart and touches your soul in this classic mystery. I was, however, pleasantly surprised by the skilled reader! The accent and emphasis was great and made this listening easy. Thank you!

loved it

(5 stars)

well read and amazingly written. it's a little like Dracula where the case is taken mostly by letters, but at other times it's in diction and the account of the lawyer, Mr. Otterson. some points reminded me of The Picture of Dorian Gray, too, though this was much shorter.

(3.5 stars)

not as good as I expected. what with it supposed to be a classic and all that.doesn't help when you already know the story I suppose but the format was rather unexpected . characters stuffy dry and dull. everything seem to happen in the last chapter . good reader though.

It's okay

(4 stars)

The narrator was good, but the story wasn't what I thought it would be. I suppose if you had no idea what would happen, it might be suspenseful, but I was hoping for a more terror filled story.